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    Merrick Garland’s Nomination Could Crack the GOP

    Obama’s calling their bluff. Senate Republicans have vowed to ignore anyone Obama nominates to the Supreme Court — but GOP senators are breaking ranks, with Utah’s respected Orrin Hatch calling Garland a “fine man” and Illinois’ Mark Kirk urging colleagues to “man up” and vote on the choice. The nominee investigated the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and could be Obama’s ace in the hole, even if a white 63-year-old seems a curiously retro option. With such a moderate choice, the GOP may fold, rather than risk the election of Hillary Clinton and a whole new game.

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